Creative Coastal Retreat 2019
What could be more breathtaking than a trip to Dorset’s ancient Jurassic Coast to soak up the last of the summer sun and drink in the fresh air and stunning views, spending the weekend unwinding by the sea with a simple focus on mindful creativity? Our first full weekend retreat will take us to Charmouth where we’ll stay in a super cosy and utterly charming Barn conversion just moments from the coast.
The Jurassic Coast
Retreat dates: Friday 4th October to Sunday 6th October 2019
Arrival time: Friday 4th October / 18:00 to 21:30
Retreat Location: Charmouth, Dorset
Join us for a creative retreat in the heart of the Dorset countryside where we’ll spend the days drinking in the dreamy coastal views, collecting and drawing fossils, taking photographs and working creatively with sketchbooks as well as painting plein air!
In the evenings we’ll retire to our stunning luxury super cosy barn conversion just two miles from the coast. There we’ll enjoy delicious home-cooked meals around a large communal table, make time for an evening walk, warm our cockles by the woodburner or perhaps take a dreamy dip in the hot tub!
This promises to be a wholly inspirational weekend as we make new friends and take the time to recharge and unwind our minds - using creativity, this beautiful setting and plenty of laughter as our medicine - the perfect antidote to the fast pace of summer.
The Retreat Leaders
Dynamic duo Ellie Green (SAS founder) and Jessie Burgess will be leading our weekend retreat. The two met working in East London where Ellie mentored Jess through the second placement of her MPGCE Art and Design. The two formed a firm friendship founded in shared values and a passion for travel, culture, community and mindful art practice. Both passionate practicing artist-teachers, they believe in the healing impact of the arts and strive to bring communities closer together, rising above cultural and geographical differences, through creativity.
Jess Burgess (MA Fine Art)
Jess is an experienced artist-teacher - having taught Art & Design for the past 5 years in both London and internationally alongside lecturing at Goldsmiths University and collaborating with The Whitechapel Gallery. In both her teaching and own artistic practice Jess strives towards using art as a tool for fostering an ethos of collaboration and communication; as a conduit to empowerment, well-being, activism and connecting diverse communities.
Jess is a multi-media artist who combines her passion for photography, collage, drawing and textiles in her own practice.
Ellie Green (MA Art and Design in Education)
A highly experienced Arts and Education specialist, Ellie has been teaching, lecturing, organising events and working in gallery education for over 10 years. Ellie is a Print and Photography specialist and a pioneer of mindful teaching practice.
As founder of SAS, she curates the contemporary programme of classes, courses and pop-up events across Surrey. She also teaches Sketchbook Club and numerous other Drawing, Print, Painting and analogue Photography courses and workshops at Surrey Art School.
The Barn Conversion
Your stay at the barn includes
A large living room space with a wood-burner boasting outstanding views of the Dorset countryside and nearby Charmouth Beach.
A huge kitchen with a traditional Aga where we’ll prepare and serve your breakfast, brunch and dinners (all food + wine included)
A hot tub as well as access to a shared private pool and free wifi
A range of sleeping options with both double rooms and single beds
The Creative Menu
As usual we’ve got a delightful menu of workshops lined up for this dreamy weekend away.
The weekend will include:
Creative Sketch-booking: Composition, Collage and Creative ideas to record your journey
Observational Drawing: Soft pencil, mark-making and drawing in the great outdoors
Watercolour and the Coast: We’ll play with a watery palette recording skies, seas and sands and building up layers to create a vibrant observations of our location…
Mindful Photography: Integrated into the whole weekend - bring your SLR or simply your phone camera and we’ll take you for walks and teach you all the basics
Printmaking: Using a mixture of found materials, drawing from observation and creating quick carvings from studies or photos
Pastels and Charcoal: Creating soft and moody studies of your surroundings.
All materials and a sketchbook are included in this weekend away although of course your are welcome to bring your own too!
How to Book:
Your booking includes 2 night’s accommodation as well as all breakfasts, dinners and drinks (we’ll have a variety of wines, beers and plenty of snacks too) throughout your stay.
We’ll have a later dinner on the Friday night and a lovely slow brunch on the Sunday before checkout. All rooms are shared in this lovely relaxed and friendly gathering. If you’re booking with more than one friend let us know and do our best to make sure your are all staying together.
You’ll be expected to make your way to Charmouth yourselves, ideally by car as this gives you a bit of freedom when you get there. Do get in touch if you’d rather travel by train and we can arrange a pick up.
To reserve your space book online and you’ll pay a 50% deposit today followed by the remainder the weekend of the retreat. Deadline for deposits is Monday 2nd September 2019. Final Payment due on Friday 4th October 2019.
Single bed in a shared room = £320 for the full weekend. Deposit = £160 (as below)
Double bed (shared) in a double room = £450 (for two people or £225 each). Deposit = £225 (as below)
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